FAA Streamlines STC Process

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Obtaining a simple Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) could become a relatively painless completion of a checklist supplied by the FAA ... maybe. The agency has issued an Advisory Circular providing compliance checklists for common STC projects. "The standard compliance checklists show typical methods of compliance with the regulations and cross-references related guidance material," said the notice published in the Federal Register. The checklists are expected to make the STC process a little easier. According to the notice, some of the checklists may contain complete certification requirements while others will be used as a starting point for more complicated STCs that are beyond the scope of a checklist. Paper copies of the new rules, designated AC 23-24 Airworthiness Compliance Checklists for Common Part 23 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Projects, are available from U.S. Department of Transportation, Subsequent Distribution Office, DOT Warehouse, M-30, Ardmore East Business Center, 3341Q 75th Avenue, Landover, M.D., 20785, telephone (301) 322-4779, or by faxing your request to the warehouse at (301) 386-5394. Cost is $10 for U.S. customers and $14 for those outside the U.S. An Internet version is in the works.